Leve de foetus: liberale en katholieke artsen over de keizersnede in België (1840-1914)

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This article discusses how Belgian doctors dealt with religious beliefs in their medical practice in the nineteenth century, using the medical discussion of the cesarean section as a case study. In this period doctors faced a dilemma as cesareans were highly mortal for women and other alternative operations had fatal consequences for the fetus. Whereas most Catholic physicians preferred the cesarean section, liberal practitioners often saw no harm in sacrificing the unborn fetus in order to save the mother. By analyzing the arguments and codes of conduct of Belgian doctors I will show how they demarcated boundaries between religious beliefs and their medical practice.
Originele taal-2Dutch
Pagina's (van-tot)85-98
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftHandelingen van de Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis
StatusPublished - 2017

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